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Jose Mourinho Heads List of Candidates for Bayern Munich Job

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It's that time of year again in football with sacking season in full flow and one of the biggest jobs in world football is available at Bayern Munich following the dismissal of Niko Kovac over the weekend.

Kovac, who led Bayern to a domestic league and cup double in his first season in charge, was axed just 24 hours after Saturday's humbling 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The German giants are now searching for a new manager and there is sure to be no shortage of takers to succeed Kovac in Bavaria.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick are the current frontrunners for the Bayern job.

Mourinho, who has been out of work since leaving Manchester United last December, is 2/1 favourite to return to management with the Bundesliga champions.

Mourinho has admitted he is keen to get back into management and Bayern Munich is as short as 6/4 to be his next club.

The three-time Premier League winner has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for the under pressure Unai Emery in the next Arsenal manager odds, market with the 'Special One' 6/1 to take over at the Emirates.

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Highly respected coach Rangnick, who is currently head of sport and development at Red Bull after spells as sporting director and coach at RB Leipzig, is 7/4 to be Bayern's next manager, though some bookmakers price him as long as 6/1 for the vacant role.

Kovac's assistant coach Hansi Flick, who has been placed in caretaker charge for Bayern's next two games, is available at 10/3 for the job on a permanent basis while he is best priced at 5/1 to keep the job.

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has been well backed for the Bayern job in the last 24 hours amid talk of an approach being made by the Germans to the Dutch club.

Ten Hag, who guided a young Ajax side to the semi-finals of last season's Champions League, is generally 11/2 to be Bayern's next boss, though some online bookmakers go 9/1 amid reports he won’t make himself available until next summer.

Outsiders For Bayern Job

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is a viable option for Bayern as he is currently out of work after leaving Juventus at the end of last season.

The experienced Italian is 6/1 to get the post, while he is as big as 9/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power to return to the dugout with Bayern.

Elsewhere, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Bayern in the past and the Germans could feel this is the opportune moment to prise the Argentine out of north London following his side's struggles in the Premier League so far this season.

Pochettino is regarded as a 16/1 shot with William Hill, BetVictor and Unibet to swap Tottenham for Bayern, while the former Southampton boss is as long as 20/1 with others.

Pochettino's former Arsenal rival Arsene Wenger is another manager out of work and the Frenchman is rated a 25/1 shot to take over at Bayern after 18 months out of management.

Meanwhile, Bayern's old adversary and current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is the rank outsider at 66/1 shot to leave Anfield for a return to his native Germany.

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Pete O'Rourke for Bookies.com
Pete O'Rourke

Pete O'Rourke is an experienced football journalist who has worked for the Press Association, Sky Sports, ESPN and others across three decades in the industry.